As with all things in life, developing an exercise habit requires many adjustments. Exercise is not a short-term commitment and you have to make it a regular part of your life if you want to be successful with it.
Making some good decisions in the very beginning of your fitness journey can help you be successful over the long haul in creating an effective and consistent exercise habit.
Create an Exercise Appointment
The first step toward developing an exercise habit is choosing a very specific time of day to make your fitness appointment with yourself can ensure consistency. It will be much easier to get used to your schedule if you set the appointment, and don’t let any other distractions keep you from working out.
When you have a set plan that gives you the day, time, activity and duration of your activity, write it in your appointment book. That will help you to not “forget” what you’re supposed to be working out.
You might want to use a simple checklist that includes a minimum of five days of cardio and flexibility and a minimum of three days of strength training activities.
If you need help developing your plan, there are many wonderful on line resources that you can use as well as books and personal trainers.
Keep an Exercise Journal
The next step toward developing an exercise habit is to keep a journal of your schedule. This will include your successes and your failures to you can track your progress and look back on your journey.
Writing down what you are supposed to do can ensure that you take your exercise program seriously. It also creates a valid level of accountability to yourself.
As time goes on, you may need to have a bit of extra motivation to keep your program going and looking back on the small successes of the past can help you to create bigger successes for your future.
Create relationships with others is another way to get help in developing an exercise habit. People who use an exercise buddy, a trainer, or an online program that creates some accountability can help keep motivation levels up and the fitness routine on track.
Activities are easier to accomplish when there is someone else depending on you to show up at a scheduled appointment time.
Pick the Right Activities
Your success in developing an exercise habit is also dependent upon picking activities that you enjoy. If you’re having fun while you’re exercising, it will be a lot easier to get in your daily workout.
There are many ways to find fitness that are beyond the standard at home cardio DVD or a jog on a treadmill. People who find ways to enjoy a variety of activities usually find it easier to sustain the fitness program. The diversity also helps to maximize the effectiveness of the exercise.
Try Something New
Trying something new is another great way to get diversity into your exercise program, to make it easier to develop the habit.
Try some of these activities:
- Use a personal trainer to push your program up into a higher level of difficulty
- Enjoy group fitness classes to keep experiencing a variety of different formats
- Take on a boot camp
- Take off on a long hike, or bike ride for a great weekend activity
Your fitness habit can take you to new heights of life enjoyment.
The possibilities are endless and once you have succeeded in developing an exercise habit, the opportunities to experience interesting and entertaining exercise styles will present themselves much more easily.
Developing the Habit Is the Hardest Part
Developing an exercise habit is the hardest part, and you will find out that you will eventually find it harder to miss your scheduled exercise times because of the tremendous benefits you get from it.
Your emotional and physical well being will improve, you will enjoy better sleep and a higher level of relaxation as well as better health and physical condition.
Of course you will also look great to go along with feeling great. Taking the time to develop a life long exercise habit is well worth the effort.